Day: June 9, 2020

Dentist’s offices are reopening for routine care, with fewer patients at a time

Slowly, but surely, dentist’s offices are reopening for routine cleanings and nonemergency procedures.

Since March many dentists — though considered essential in the state — had remained open only for emergency procedures while postponing nonemergency care under recommendations from the American Dental Association to help “flatten the curve.”

Gavin Uchida, owner of Blue Whale Children’s Dentistry in Kaimuki, opened his office for routine cleaning in late May, with new Plexiglas and guidelines in place.

Reopening was a calculated risk, he said, but one that he felt he needed to take in order to provide preventive care to his patients.

Photo Gallery: Hawaii dental offices are reopening for routine care

From a clinical point of view, preventive procedures are less risky than ones required to repair a tooth, he said.

“It’s not an easy decision,” said Uchida, who formerly served as dental director for the state Health Department. “I think it’s

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